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Check Out Control’s Monthly Resource Guide for August 2008

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Every month, Control’s editors take a specific product area, collect all the latest, significant tools we can find, and present them here to make your job easier. If you know of any tools and resources we didn’t include, send them to wboyes@putman.net, and we’ll add them to the website.

SAFETY INSTRUMENTED SYSTEMS
Triconex
949/ 885-0700
Modern industrial processes tend to be technically complex, so safety is a key factor in design. This website lists safety methods to mitigate harm and reduce risks, methods that provide layers of protection, and when a SIS is required for safe operation of the system.

ONLINE COURSE
ACHMM
800/437-0137
The Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers has launched an online version of its Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management (EHMM) course. The course serves as a preparation for the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) credential exam, and enables CHMM holders to earn certification maintenance points to maintain their credentials.

SAFETY STANDARDS
ISA
919/549-8411
ANSI/ISA standards, “Guidelines for the Application of ANSI/ISA-84.00.01-2004, Part 1” and “Functional Safety: Safety Instrumented Systems for the Process Industry Sector, Part 2.” ANSI/ISA-84.00.01-2004 Part 2 (IEC 61511-2 Mod) provides guidance on the specification, design, installation, operation and maintenance of Safety Instrumented Functions and related safety instrumented system as defined in ANSI/ISA-84.00.01-2004 Part 1 (IEC 61511-1 Mod). Available for purchase in either hard copy or downloadable from the ISA website.

DEFENSE IN DEPTH
Honeywell
White paper discusses an integrated approach to safety by reducing the risks of incidents, faults and failures that can disrupt normal operations in process plants. It discusses regulations and standards, safety instrumented systems integration, alarm management and early event detection.

HUNDREDS OF SAFETY RESOURCES
blr.com
Website leads you to hundreds of downloadable training tools on safety. It includes white papers and case studies that help you improve safety compliance and OSHA and state plant regulatory analysis.

KEEP THE ENVIRONMENT SAFE
Yokogawa
800/888-6400
“Safety Systems Market and Its Trends” is a white paper that discusses the safety systems market and prospects for the future of safety systems including the importance of SIS.

SIL BASICS
General Monitors
949/581-4464
“SIL 101 (Safety Integrity Level): How Safe Do I Need To Be?” is a guide to understanding SIL and its application in the oil/gas and process industries. Click on the “Library” button on the home page to find this white paper.

AUTOMATION SAFETY
Rockwell Automation
“A Holistic Approach to Safety Automation” discusses what dictates the success of a safety program, the impact of standards, bridging communication gaps, and effective risk management.

SAFETY TECHNIQUES
Siemens Energy & Automation
215/646-7400, x2188
White paper describes how process plants can achieve better safety instrumentation performance with less hardware. The paper, by Charles F. Fialkowski, covers safety techniques that make it possible to achieve higher safety integrity levels (SIL) without adding redundant, physical  hardware. This new approach is changing the way designers are looking at redundant SIS architectures for an overall simpler safety solution.

INHERENT SAFETY
Texas A&M University
979/862-3985
“Challenges in Implementing Inherent Safety Principles in New and Existing Chemical Processes” defines inherent safety, and contrasts it with more traditional approaches. Topics include measuring inherent safety and evaluating and comparing design options.

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